Perks

by Stephanie., Graphic Designer-Brand Manager

There are definite perks to be working for The Fruit Company. Of course we have an endless supply of amazing fruit… Comice Pears from our own orchards here in Hood River all the way to Champagne Mangoes from Mexico. In the office we have a basket that’s always full of “cull” fruit (they have a blemish here or there, or are maybe of irregular size or shape), but most of the time they’re still better than anything in your local grocery store. It’s impossible not to indulge in a perfectly ripe Honeycrisp Apple, let me tell you! Check back in the fall when we have these delicious apples.

Part of my job description includes photographer, and recently we had a big photo shoot for our upcoming catalog and holiday items (wait till you see it all!!!). We had carts and tables full of the best fruit, cheese, chocolates, and more available. Our stylist and I coveted the red grapes, which went perfectly in one bite with a small chunk of blue cheese. If there’s something better than a good fruit/cheese combo, I don’t know if I’ve found it yet. Let’s just say I’m looking forward to one of our new gifts that includes the blue cheese… it will always be in constant supply! ;)

Just now I finished a fantastic nectarine that’s bigger than most apples. It’s the first of this season’s crop, and while we’re not quite sending them yet, we have a few in stock for “preview” purposes. Besides being gigantic, it was juicy and sweet and I needed a napkin on my desk to prevent a horrible mess. Completely worth it, in other words.

Another perk… we have a ton of great items in our Farmer’s Market store here at our facilities. For my recent birthday my coworker Rhonda gave me one of our exclusive bright red garlic and oil plates, made by a local Hood River artisan. Shallow and flat, the plate has a grooved center on which you crush a clove of garlic. Pour on your favorite extra virgin olive oil (I love one that’s basil infused) and balsamic vinegar, and you have the best dip for your favorite bread. Try calamata olive… simply divine!

So in terms of workplace benefits, I’m not sure you can get much better than the food and goodies we have on hand. Now excuse me while I rustle down those grapes…

The Fruit Company® got its start in 1942 when Roy Webster began selling apples and pears from his orchards located in Hood River, Oregon. The area was perfect for growing fruit thanks to the volcanically enriched soil and glacial water from the nearby Mt. Hood. The fruit was exceptional. The company was passed down from father to son and today is owned and operated by Roy's Grandson Scott Webster.

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